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  1. If someone is not going to use their decals … I Am looking for decals for the underwing fuel tanks, especially the red circular markings. the kit I am building does not have them 😞
  2. wasn't all that satisfied with my old build, so here's my redo: \
  3. late to the conversation .. Though I am a Warthog fan (have 3 models built and would do more),an interesting point about it's DS use, The loss / damage rate was too high that they eventually imposed altitude restrictions and disallowed gun use until the ground war. There were 11 F-16 squadrons deployed compared to 6 a-10 squadrons, yet A-10 loss / damage were proportionally higher. Imagine if the F-16s predominately carried the Maverick on each sortie like the A-10 did; how many tanks / vehicles would they have destroyed?
  4. looking for piece 68A, this is the part that extends the refueling probe away from the fuselage. Somehow I've misplaced this part 😞
  5. Looks great! I suggest a Midway TBF or TBD now 😉 can you describe how you have it that weathered look?
  6. ... am curious if the markings they have included accurately represent if the plane was a Mitsubish or Nakajima built plane. Or will they assume they are all Mitsubishi planes?
  7. VB-6 only carried the 1000 lb bomb McClusky and VS-6 carried a 500lb bomb and two underwing bombs
  8. I found that site fascinating with all the information available, especially the after action reports. The people that made the most recent Midway movie used a contact at Midway Roundtable as a resource, yet they still put bombs under the wings of the TBD Devastator's on the film ... BTW, maybe a useless fact in terms of modeling. Thach flew two planes, "23" on the escort mission, and "1" on the sortie to defend the USS Yorktown. I built my F4F-4 as Tom Cheek's plane on the escort mission, his story was pretty captivating to read.
  9. The Midway Roundtable is a great resource which I've used Battle of Midway RoundTable (midway42.org) In the Jan 2022 post, scroll down to you see the article on Best's plane.
  10. Decent reference pictures from that time are few, but scroll down this link and you'll find a pic of a damaged Hornet SBD. Condemned Men - Rear-Seat Gunners at Midway | SpaceBattles You can make out the ammo box on the side. Unfortunately, no one makes a gun arrangement like this in 1:72 or 1:48 I also read recently that the SBDs in Enterprise's air group painted their landing struts to identify the plane while landing. Apparently Best's plane had both struts in red.d
  11. Very nice! Any particular plane marking you will pick? I like the subject as I’m working on Midway builds too minor detail, if it matters or not, the .30 dual guns on the SBD did not have shields on them at the time, and had the magazine boxes on the side of the guns.
  12. my first completed build of 2022 .. my take on the Hasegawa kit, using the Type 11 boxing to build a Battle of Midway plane. This is supposed to represent a Nakajima built plane from the Akagi that was shot down and crashed on Midway. Paints are mostly Tamiya, the iphone camera can't really pick out the colour well. The tail code was a bash of decals.
  13. Not much new to see, gotta rescribe some panel lines and then it's ready to paint in few days.. The fin is dry-fitted. working on the bombs at the moment, they are cluster bombs purchased from Shawn Hull's line. Will be using Hasegawa AIM-9 missiles to match all my other DS builds. The LANTIRN pod and ALQ-131 will also be from Hasegawa. The Tamiya F-16N boxing unfortunately doesn't include TER; DonG graciously donated a couple. another problem I haven't worked around is getting the proper markings on the fuel tanks. Will need the red circles and underside markings
  14. Hi Nate, I’m not using my AIM-120 from the Tamiya kit. PM me your mailing address and I’ll send sometime next week. Might be interested in F-16 Triple Ejector Rack if you can spare.
  15. Started a Tamiya 1:48 F-16 using the aggressor boxing, unfortunately it does not include the parts for the TER. Anyone have two they can spare?
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